Thursday, July 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Clouds won the overall skirmish for air supremacy yesterday, but the Sun did make some short inroads like punching a two-hour hole in the overcast after lunch. Thermometers rose to 65-70F and a light northwest breeze was capped below 20 mph. The real story developed during the evening and overnight when a strong marine layer pushed in from the ocean, thickening the clouds, creating considerable fog, and even generating some light rain and patchy drizzle by about 3:00am. Moisture readings weren’t quite measureable, but the ground was damp at daybreak and that delightful fresh-rain fragrance infused the air. (To paraphrase Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Can’t you smell that smell? The smell of rain’s around you.”)
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/60F
Depoe Bay: 62F/58F
Forecast: Like yesterday, sky cover will be the hardest element to predict correctly for today. With the depth of the marine layer this morning, the Sun will have its work cut out but may break through at times. High this afternoon 60-65F and the breeze should be light from the west. Tonight, a stretch of light southerly wind begins along with mostly cloudy skies and lows near 55F. Mainly overcast again tomorrow, light winds and a high of 60-65F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Saturday through Monday, and then back to partly to mostly sunny, afternoon/evening sea breezes and seasonal temperatures of 55-65F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, becoming mostly sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly sunny skies and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for increasing clouds, light west winds, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-60F; scattered showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Conditions are extremely light this morning with SW winds less than 5 knots and hardly noticeable swells 2-3 feet at 17 seconds. No change in this set-up is expected until tonight when the SW wind rises to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and the swell builds to around 4 feet; the same for tomorrow. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 and swells 3 feet Friday through Sunday, then W winds 5-10 knots on Monday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds early, sunbreaks later, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/09 Thu 07:02 AM 6.05 H
07/09 Thu 12:44 PM 1.48 L
07/09 Thu 07:28 PM 8.65 H
07/10 Fri 02:19 AM 0.75 L
In Short: Partial clearing, light winds, then fog, mixed skies, possible showers.